Malisa Rader
Human Sciences Extension and Outreach

Family Life
515-832-9597
mrader@iastate.edu

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Parents naturally are concerned for their children’s safety, particularly when there is news of attempted child abductions that happen close to home. Finding the balance between emotions and the “teachable moment” as parents talk to their children is important, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist says.

Mental health experts say spanking and other forms of corporal punishment are not necessary and many times cause psychological side effects. However, there are plenty of effective alternatives, says Malisa Rader, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist in family life.

Every year children die from being left in hot cars, but this tragedy can be prevented. Parents and caregivers need to set up a system that reduces the risk, says Malisa Rader, an ISU Extension and Outreach family life program specialist.
 

ISU Extension and Outreach, in partnership with local agencies, will be offering a panel discussion on keeping children safe on Oct. 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Callender. This event is free to the public.

Farm life with its country setting often is idealized, but as the complications and pace of agriculture have increased, so have the physical and mental demands on farmers. It’s set up for stress that cannot be ignored, says an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist.

Parents naturally are concerned for their children’s safety, particularly when there is news of a child abduction that happens close to home. Finding the balance between emotions and the “teachable moment” as parents talk to their children is important, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist says.

It might be easy to assume that young ones are not impacted by tragic events in other parts of the country, but children have a keen sense of radar and pick up on adults’ body language, conversations, and news media stories. Malisa Rader, a family life program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests parents be reassuring, monitor their TV viewing when children are present and watch for signs of stress in their children.

Whether or not Charlie Sheen has really given his last interview, his behavior may continue to be confusing, particularly to teens and preteens, says Malisa Rader, an Iowa State University Extension family life specialist.